Volume icon has dissapeared from my taskbar [Solved/Closed]

 anany. -
Hello, the volume icon has dissapeared from the taskbar, when I try to get it back an error message comes up saying: Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the Volume Control program has not been installed.To install it, use Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.
Is there any way I can get it back, Many Thanks!

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Running XP Home (SP3)

Problem :
Lost Sound Icon in System Tray
Played Some sounds and Not Others
Some sound in WMP, no sound on UTube or other apps.
No Start Up/Log Off Default Sound
No Alert Sounds

For the last 2 days I have searched the web trying to find a solution to this problem. I have updated drivers, ripped the soundvol.exe file out of the XP Disc, tried numerous other tweaks and finally I have found a solution that actually worked.

When I opened the Drivers32 Regestry Key in regedit, I noticed there was only 1 value and I could not alter or open it. This Registry entry should have a good number of driver value entries in it such as midimapper, wavemapper etc but they were not there. Therefore I realised I needed to alter the permissions to this key and try to reconfigure what I thought were my lost drivers.

However I realised they were not lost but instead a malicious script had altered the permissions making the registry entry look empty. I simply removed the permissions the malware added and the drivers all re-appeared as soon as I closed the permissions box.

Open the Registry : Start, Run, enter "regedit", click ok.
In Registry - Navigate to Drivers32 key.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Drivers32

Right click on the Drivers32 Registry Folder, then click on "Permissions".

Remove all the permissions for Drivers32 for ALL users and then press "Apply". You will see that all the drivers, codecs etc for Drivers32 will re-appear.

Reboot and your system will have all its sounds back. I was so relieved when I turned the system off to hear the defeault log off sound nice and loud. As the system started again I was more relieved to hear the start up sound also. Now all my sound programs are working again and all the sounds that were lost are now back.

I am sure this will help all those out there who were as frustrated with this as I was.

Thank you

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OMG THANKYOU Lithers!!!!!!!

I have been searching for this fix for weeks!!

Your a genius!!! :)
0mg thankyou your the only one that has actually helped me find my audio device malware stole mine too.....
You really are a genius! Thanx
Here is some info. I borrowed from another site.

Don't you hate it when need to adjust the volume on your computer only to find that the icon is missing from your task bar? Here's a quick tip that I thought I would write since it happens to me all the time! The process for getting back your volume icon is not very complicated, so here it goes!

First, click on Start and then Control Panel to get to the computer settings:

Next, click on the Sounds and Audio Devices icon in the Control Panel. If you don't see the icon, you may be in Category View. Switch to Classic View by clicking the first option at the top left.

Personally, I like Classic View better since it's easier to get to what you want quickly. Once you open the dialog, you should already be on the Volume tab.

You'll notice the "Place volume icon in the task-bar" option is either checked or unchecked. If it's already checked and the icon is not showing up, you need to un-check the box, and then click Apply. Re-check the box and then click Apply again. Now your icon should appear in the task-bar.

That's it! Sometimes this happens a lot, especially after you restart your computer or log off. If It it keeps disappearing over and over again, you need to update the driver for your sound card. You can do this by going to the computer manufacturer's web site and downloading it from there, i.e. Dell support, etc.
Great, it's a simple solution... and it worked for me. Thanks much for your help!!
good job. thanks
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Last seen
August 29, 2009
Particularly in your type of case we just had a hit and try method that we can use to bring back the sound driver and volume icon in the taskbar....

1. the first hit and try method that you can use is "remove the audio drivers from your add/remove programs" - if it is not there then remove the audio drivers from device manager. right click my computer>hardware tab>device manager> under sounds remove all the sound drivers
2. Restart the computer.
3. install the drivers mannually from setup again. get them from hardware site of sound card. or install them through found new hardware wizard. any one you feel easy.
restart the computer again.

check the sound and audio devices again and checkmark the "place volume icon in taskbar"

i think it should work for you. if not tell me...i will suggest some thing else....

i had lose the sound controler from my computer, so now I got it by yours comments.

Thanks a lot


Thanks a lot Lithers.....
I tried this method, but I was unable to restore it. But I was able to solve the problem by right clicking on the taskbar>properties>mark the icons that you want to appear on the taskbar.
Genius. Thank you. Thank you, thank you.

thank you so much man. I got my audio back, thanks to you.
Thx for all :) it's works great :)
i have same problem for lost volum control icon I see your solution than fallow by stap than comes report to instal volum control program now what can I do? plz get a solution.

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